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Diablo Immortal arrives later this week on mobile devices and, somewhat unexpectedly, PC, in an open beta that was revealed in April. Unless you like in Belgium or the Netherlands, that is, in which case you won’t have access to the game—legitimately, at least.
The problem appears to be related to loot boxes, and specifically laws against them in those countries. Dutch gaming site Tweakers (via Google Translate) reported that a few days after Diablo Immortal pre-registration went live in the App Store and Google Play, it was disabled in Belgium and the Netherlands. An Activision Blizzard rep told the site that the removal was “related to the current operating conditions for games in those countries.”
The matter was further clarified by a message shared on the Diablo Immortal subreddit, purportedly from a Blizzard support agent. “Unfortunately players in the Netherlands and Belgium will not be able to install Diablo Immortal due to the countries’ gambling restrictions,” it says. “The loot boxes in the game are against the law in your country, so unless gambling restrictions change the game will not be released in the Netherlands and Belgium.”
The message also warns that it’s illegal for citizens of Belgium and the Netherlands to download the game from a different country, and even if you don’t get busted for your scofflaw ways, you might get banned—although “in similar situations in the past where RNG loot boxes were against the law in certain countries we did not ban any players for it,” the rep added.